Frankenheimer, John Michael


Frankenheimer, John Michael
▪ 2003

      American television and film director (b. Feb. 19, 1930, Queens, N.Y.—d. July 6, 2002, Los Angeles, Calif.), had a career that spanned nearly half a century, was considered one of the most important and creatively gifted directors of the 1950s and early '60s, and enjoyed a second surge of success in the 1990s when he produced a number of outstanding films for cable TV. His body of works included more than 150 live TV dramas and such classic films as The Manchurian Candidate and The Birdman of Alcatraz. After making training films for the air force during the Korean War, he decided to become a director. In 1953 CBS hired him as an assistant director, and his directing assignments quickly progressed from weather and news broadcasts to shows that included Person to Person, See It Now, and You Are There. From 1954 to 1960 he averaged one live drama every two weeks on such outstanding series as Playhouse 90 (42 shows, including The Days of Wine and Roses and The Turn of the Screw) and Studio One. Frankenheimer began his film-directing career with The Young Stranger in 1957 but preferred directing for television and did not return to motion pictures until 1961, with The Young Savages. Among the movies that followed were Seven Days in May (1964), The Train (1964), and Seconds (1966). Personal problems—exacerbated by the assassination (1968) of his close friend Robert Kennedy, whom Frankenheimer had driven to the hotel where he was killed—began to take their toll, however, and he counted few real successes among his films of the next several years. Frankenheimer resurrected his career and his reputation, though, with a return to television. The made-for-cable movies Against the Wall (1994), The Burning Season (1994), Andersonville (1996), and George Wallace (1997) all won Emmy Awards. Later works included the feature film Ronin (1998) and the cable TV film Path to War (2002).

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